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I worked at GlaxoSmithKline as an intern (Less than a year)
Frequent seminars describing new scientific discoveries within the company with guest speakers from elsewhere also. A lot of support given in the development of placement students, PhD students, and staff. Freedom given with your project in the synthetic routes with thorough background information about your project to see where you are really making an impact. Not just treated as a "lab monkey" as I've heard from other synthetic placements. Core values of the company are positive and its good to see that you make a positive contribution to scientific discovery in an ethically right area.
Chemists had to write their reports in their own time (outside of working hours) whereas biologists had the freedom to do so whilst working.
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I applied online. The process took 8 weeks. I interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline (Stevenage, England (UK)) in December 2016.
context: I am trying to get an industry research job directly after graduating with a PhD in bioinformatics.
Applied to job ad on website. Phone interview 2 weeks later. Then I got invited for a 5 hour in person interview in Stevenage, UK. The company paid for travel expenses and organized a driver to pick me up at LHR airport. The inteview consisted of 4 30 minutes individual interviews ( hiring manager and one other group leader/director, 1 manager of communication between departments, 1 prospective colleague). Lunch with 2 prospective colleagues at their cafeteria. 45 minutes presentation to about 10 people about my PhD research and finally 1 hour panel (4 people, all of them scientists) interview with a personality/behavioural part and a technical part.
* There was some last-minute planning. I did not get an agenda in advance and my talk was changed from 45 minutes plus time for questions to 45 minutes including numerous questions on the evening before the interview.
* People were friendly and the atmosphere was quite relaxed for an interview. Dresscode seems to be casual to smart casual. I (and the driver) were the only people in a full suit.
* The research campus in Stevenage is huge and contains thousands of researchers. They have huge open offices and often little knowledge about what their colleagues are working on.
* Everyone asked about motivation to do industry research/choosing GSK. They expected detailed answers.
* In each part of the interview it was expected that I ask numerous questions about the job.
* They told me that that will interview two other candidates and decide for one of us.